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Azarenka Takes Out Larsson, Advances To 2nd Round Of US Open

Victoria Azarenka/file (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Victoria Azarenka/file (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Azarenka beat 60th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-3 in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka broke Larsson’s serve to convert her first match point and win in just 70 minutes.

The fifth-ranked player from Belarus had pulled out of the U.S. Open warmup in Cincinnati with a right hand strain. This is the only major tournament where she has never reached the quarterfinals.

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Azarenka could potentially face Serena Williams in the third round this time. She had to retire in the second round last year, collapsing because of a concussion suffered in a fall before the match.

Azarenka won 77 percent of points on her second serve Tuesday, even better than the 72 percent on her first serve.

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